Egypt officially denies $1,000 fee imposition on international tourists

 Tuesday, September 12, 2023 


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The Egyptian Cabinet has officially denied the existence of any plan to impose a fee of $1,000 on tourists entering the Egypt.

Rumors regarding such a fee had circulated on various websites and social media platforms, causing concern among travelers and the tourism industry.

Government ministers clarified that these rumors are baseless and unfounded. They emphasized that the only fees applicable to tourists are the standard entry visa fees required from travelers arriving from specific countries.

The government has urged its citizens not to be misled by misleading information disseminated by certain media outlets and social media channels. Instead, they encouraged the public to rely on official government sources for accurate information.

The mentioned $1,000 fees pertain to a separate set of regulations aimed at legalizing and regularizing the status of foreigners who are currently residing in Egypt without proper documentation. As part of these regulations, “illegal” residents have been given a three-month window to formalize their stay by adhering to the newly established conditions and guidelines.

Among these conditions is the requirement for foreigners to have an Egyptian host, and they must also pay the specified $1,000 fees. These measures are designed to bring undocumented foreign residents in line with Egyptian immigration laws and regulations.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has issued a decree outlining the necessity for foreigners living in Egypt without proper documentation to legalize their residency status by adhering to the newly established rules. These rules have been determined in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, the governmental body responsible for immigration and residency matters.

Earlier in May, the Ministry of Interior had introduced a series of measures aimed at allowing foreigners to obtain temporary residence permits. These measures included offering a five-year renewable residency option to foreigners who owned one or more properties in Egypt valued at a minimum of $200,000. Alternatively, foreigners who owned real estate worth at least $100,000 were eligible for a three-year renewable residency permit.

In conclusion, the Egyptian government has clarified that there is no plan to impose a $1,000 fee on incoming tourists. The fee in question is related to efforts to regulate the residency status of undocumented foreign residents in Egypt, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the country’s immigration laws and procedures. The government encourages citizens to seek information from official sources to avoid unnecessary confusion and misinformation.

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